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God damn, this is getting exhausting. Another day, another legend gone. Lauren Bacall passed away today at the age of 89. She will undoubtedly be remembered for that smoky voice and the most famous eyes of Hollywood’s Golden Age this side of Bette Davis which could melt you in a Nevada second. Her time onscreen with first husband Humphrey Bogart in noir staples like The Big Sleep and Key Largo, in classics like How to Marry a Millionaire (with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable) and Douglas Sirk‘s Written on the Wind as well as perfect turns in later films like Harper, Dogville and the wildly underrated Birth have long cemented her legacy. Lauren had been working up until the time of her death and was set to make her return to her noir roots with Trouble Is My Business. I don’t know the status of the film and I hope that we get to see it in a finished form. She was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2010 for “her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.”
Bacall is one of the last of the old Hollywood icons. When each of these last legends die, the few remaining lights of the Studio System burn out. Will there ever be another Betty Bacall? You know there will not be. She was an important link to the past, able to bridge the decades with her flawless work. She will be missed.
Damn, the In Memoriam video at the Oscars just keeps getting longer. Let’s take a break for a while, okay?
Rest in peace, Lauren. You were a true pleasure to watch ply your craft.